Land Use

West Davis Highway 

On September 29, 2017 the U.S. Department Transportation issued their Record of Decision approving the West Davis Corridor, a highway that spans the western portions of Davis and Weber Counties from Farmington to Clinton, Utah. 

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake was involved in the scoping and comment periods for the project:

Click here to read the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the West Davis Cooridor

Click here to read comments on the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the West Davis Corridor.


Promontory Point Landfill


landfillLocated on the shore of Great Salt Lake, Promontory Point Resources owns and operates the Promontory Point Landfill. The Landfill began construction this past year as a Class I Landfill – meaning is can only accept in-state waste. The Landfill is permitting to accept over 380 million tons of Utah’s waste.

This year, Promontory Point Resources submitted an application to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for a Class V landfill, in order to accept and dispose of industrial waste from out of state. FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake is concerned with the potential for the Promontory Point Landfill to release of toxic contaminants into Great Salt Lake. 

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake and our partnering organizations: Utah Audubon Council, Utah Airboat Association, Utah Waterfowl Association, Great Salt Lake Alliance, GSL Audubon, Western Resource Advocates, South Shore Wetlands & Wildlife Management, Inc., League of Women Voters of Salt Lake, National Audubon Society, Utah Sierra Club, HEALUtah, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, Utah Rivers Council, residents and business owners from Box Elder County, and our organizing partners, the Great Salt Lake Institute, Weber State University, and Utah State University hosted three public information meetings to discuss Promontory Point Resources, LLC Landfill and its application with the State Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control for a Class V waste permit -- a permit specifically designed to accept waste from out of state. 

A Class V permit would allow the company to receive California Hazardous waste, which that state defines as "waste with a chemical composition or other properties that make it capable of causing illness, death, or some other harm to humans and other life forms." Waste would also include coal ash from throughout the West and Midwest. Coal ash, or as Utah calls it, Coal Combustion Residual, is the byproduct of burning coal to generate electricity. Depending on where the coal is mined, it can contain an array of dangerous toxicants, including arsenic, lead, mercury, antimony, and boron. The landfill would also be able to accept special wastes and small quantity generator hazardous wastes, such as low-level infectious waste, heavy metals, solvents, and a variety of organic compounds like PCBs. 

Located on the south west tip of the Promontory Peninsula on the north shore of Great Salt Lake, the landfill operation brings great potential risks to the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem, a Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network Site for millions of migratory birds, and to the $1.3 billion in revenue that the Lake generates annually to the State of Utah.

You can read more in the Winter 2018 FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake newsletter. Learn about this important issue and its long term implications to Great Salt Lake and all Utahns.   

Click the following link to the RDCC website for comments that were submitted on the proposed Class V permit request by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, and the Utah Geological Survey office in the Department of Natural Resources for the latest on the Promontory Point Landfill.  Click Here 

To access the full Needs Assessment from Promontory Point LLC, click here.

To access the Landfill DWR GRAMA documents, click here.

To access comments submitted to the DEQ, click here. 

To access Promontory Point LLC's request for relocation of two downgradient monitoring wells, click here. 

To access the DEQ consultant's report, click here.

Click here to access the Letter From Carbon County Board of Commissioners.

Click here to access the Letter from East Carbon's Mayor, Douglas Parsons.


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Why We Care

  • Great Salt Lake, the second most hypersaline Inland Sea in the world, has a fate of becoming even more salty with permanent loss of a large portion of its Bear River fresh water life supply.

    Precious fresh water diverted to support more of the same, the endless expansion of the human race, big box stores, and shopping centers duplicated around the country ruining any future adventure of small town exploration and road trips.

    Everything is becoming the same. Everyone is looking the same. Everyone does the same things. Great Salt Lake is unique and the planet is loosing it as its life blood is stolen from its soft salty shores, waves gently breaking further and further out, leaving vast arrays of dry barren mudflats waiting for phragmites to invade.

    Utah does not own Great Salt Lake. Great Salt Lake is owned by the world.

    Karri Smith, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant

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